Thursday, July 26, 2007

Biggest. Knitting. Ever.

Last year I started a prayer shawl for a good friend who was going through a hard time. It's a simple, subtle rib pattern based on the number three and I found the knitting to be very relaxing and soothing. I wanted it large--because what comfort is a skimpy shawl? I had no idea when I started just how much knitting I was looking at and it didn't really dawn on me until I held up the finished object and it was ....big. Really big. I'm kind of astounded that something that large could come from my needles.

Every time I sat down to work on it, I tried to turn my energy toward this friend and send her good thoughts, even if I had only a few minutes to knit. It's been almost finished for a couple of months and then for some reason I set it aside. I kept nagging myself to get it done and then letting the project languish. I knew that it could bring my friend no comfort until it was finished and yet there it sat until last weekend when I knew it was time for it to be done. I was working through something very hard myself and the process of finishing the shawl and adding the fringe was exactly what I needed. It hadn't occurred to me before that I needed this as much as my friend did. I felt such peace when I finally tied the last lengths of yarn to the edge. Now it is with its owner and I hope she'll always feel loved when she wraps herself in it.


shula said...

Oooh it's yummy.

I don't agree that it did her no good until you gave it to her. I believe that the meditation you do for that person as you work has a value greater than zero, as well.

Just my opinion, of course.

This is one of the reasons I nearly always end up giving my work away. As I work, I always find that a particular person occupies my thought as I make that particular thing. At the end it seems only logical to give it to them.

Drives me crazy, actually. I would like to make something that doesn't walk straight out the door one day.

Magpie Ima said...

You're right, of course. Doing the work and focusing my attention during the process certainly has value, but I felt like my friend would get more out of this by having the item in hand.